Central Florida Black Owned Restaurants

We partnered with AACCCF Member Russell Drake to highlight black owned eateries in Central Florida! Russell has been connecting with black owned businesses since the start of COVID-19 and has curated the list below as a tool for our community to rally around these small businesses to ensure their survival during this time.

Now, with the fight for racial equality in the forefront of conversation, we are continuing to build on this list as resource to the community. Looking for ways to support black owned businesses? Grabbing a bite to eat at one of these establishments is a start.

District 534 Scratch Kitchen

P&D Soul Food Kitchen

Jesses Rib Shack

Nikki’s Place 

Oley’s Kitchen & Smokehouse

Orlando Famous Pete’s BBQ

Seafood Station (Pine Hills) 

Stonington’s Fried Shrimp (Metrowest) 

Vitality Bowls (Dr Phillips)

Big Lou’s Single Wings Express

Island Thyme Caribbean Island Restaurant (Avalon Park)

Streetwise Urban Food (Near Airport)

Brick & Spoon Maitland 

Mad Crab Seafood & Wings

Soulfood Fantasy Eatonville

Bezerk Nutrition

Something Fishy Seafood

T & T Nutrition 

Wingz Wingzz Wingzzz

Seana’s Caribbean Soul Food 

1000 Degree Pizza & Wings

Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ Altamonte

Stonington’s Fried Shrimp Altamonte 

Angel’s Soul Food and BBQ 

Roni's Restaurant

Shantell’s Just Until

 

About Russell Drake

Russell is a member of AACCCF, Motivational Speaker, Civic Strategist, Network Building Extraordinaire...just to name a few descriptors. 
He has made it his mission to be plugged into the Central Florida Small Business community especially during this COVID-19 outbreak, when businesses need everyone's support the most. Russell researched and curated the list above with love and determination for the community. To connect with Russell visit his website.

Celebrating African-American Music Appreciation Month with Central Florida Businesses

This month we celebrate African American Music Appreciation Month! African Americans have played a huge role historically in the creation and development of multiple musical genres. From Rock and Roll to Soul, Hip-Hop to Blues, black musicians have always molded America's musical landscape.

We'd like to take a moment to highlight some of our members who keep music alive in Central Florida every day! From entertainment companies to youth programs, many of these music companies keep the sounds of African American music alive in every generation.

L5 Entertainment
L5 Entertainment is home to some of Central Florida’s brightest talents. This black owned agency started with one musician and has since grown into an empire of talent! Contact them today to book them for your entertainment needs. https://www.l5entertainment.com 

Samantha Nicole Entertainment
Samantha Nicole is a talented black vocalist and entertainer in Central Florida. For booking Inquiries you can reach her by phone: (407) 619-1733
Real People Real Music
Real People Real Music is dedicated to bringing authentic music performances to the forefront of the Central Florida experience. Regular events include Jazz Nights as well as themed holiday events like their Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Earlier this year. Check out their website for upcoming events: http://www.realpeoplerealmusic.com .

Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
WDPAC is a theater located in Sanford Florida, bringing a diverse array of performances, movies, and shows to life on stage. Upcoming events that highlight African American musicians include "Get Ready: A Motown Experience" this August and a "Tribute to Diana Ross and Whitney Houston" in January of next year!
View all performances here: https://www.wdpac.com/concerts


Business Spotlight: Rasmussen College, closing the gap on the Central Florida Nursing shortage.

This month, as one of our featured “Member on the Move” social media spotlights, we recognized Rasmussen College. They had so much valuable information that we decided to highlight them as this month's Business Spotlight as well! Based in Bloomington, Minnesota, Rasmussen College has campuses in multiple states and several here in Florida, including the Orlando campus! ⠀

Thinking of going back to school? Explore career-focused degrees in business, design, education, and nursing...all at Rasmussen!

We spoke with Sharon Richardson, Director at the Orlando campus on why student's should look to gaining an education from Rasmussen, especially in the these times of Covid-19 social distancing.

"My heart goes out to the Senior class of 2020; as our previous way of life has shuttered and we work to configure a new normal", says Richardson. She explains that Rasmussen College is an option for students who want to continue their education online and/or go into the healthcare field.

Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college that is dedicated to changing lives and the communities it serves through high-demand and flexible educational programs. Since 1900, the College has been committed to academic innovation and providing the highest standard of education. Rasmussen College offers certificate and diploma programs through associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs online and across its 23 Midwest and Florida campuses.

"There were already predicted shortages of nurses in the central Florida area, Covid-19 has increased that need", Richardson told us. In fact we did our own research and found that the nationwide, experts predict nursing shortages in the upcoming years. Luckly Rasmussen has programs to train students and get them into the field as quickly as possible.

Students can a Professional Nursing degree at Rasmussen in as little as 18 months; Bachelors in Nursing in as few as 33 months, or the Medical Assistant program in as little as 12 months.

Nursing information Session

  • The first step to attending Rasmussen College’s Nursing program is attending a Nursing Information Session.
  • This Information session is held virtually. You can log in via laptop/desktop or mobile device.
  • There are several times and days available for your convenience.

Click here to Register for a day and time
Once you are registered we will send you a link for the WEBEX to join us.

During the Information Session we will cover:

  • A Career in Nursing
  • Why Rasmussen College is a great fit
  • Deep level program information including course lists and schedules
  • Investment in your education
  • Admissions Process
  • Next steps

Right now, Florida students can qualify for $5,000 on program costs for a CCNE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree!⠀
Learn more at: www.Rasmussen.edu/NursesFL⠀


2020 Father's Day Deals from our Members

Our members have the best deals. Enough said. Check out these 2020 Father's Day deals from our members!

1.) RTW Photography extends Summer Sale!

In honor of this year’s Father’s Day, RTW Photography is proud to announce the extension of their Summer Sale Discount for family portrait sessions. This sale is good for bookings made prior to June 30, 2019. 

A Note from RTW Photography: During this time we continue to stay compliant with all governmental ordinances, as well as, continue to take extra precautions to ensure everyone’s safety and health. 

https://ridethewave.co/summer-sale/

 

2.) Mygani LLC Father's Day Card that gives back!

Mygani LLC has created a unique Father's dad card celebrating our black fathers + men.
Available in print:https://tinyurl.com/y968xgcd   |  Available in digital format: https://py.pl/64NK5E750cW
A percentage of all these Father's Day card sells will go to a local grassroots nonprofit that mentors young black men!

Card design by : Mygani​   l   For Inquires email hello@mygani.com

 

3.) GOGO Party Bus - BOOK 3 HOURS GET 1 FREE!

BOOK 3 Hours and Get 1 Hour FREE!!! 
Take Dad out fo the house or get a head start on planning future transportation needs by booking today. 
For Booking a GoGo Party Bus, call now 1.844.880.5880
 
 
4.)CREDIT REPAIR OF FLORIDA - FREE CREDIT REPORT AUDIT FOR DAD! ($150 VALUE)

 

  • Soft Credit Report Pull (Will Not Negatively Affect Your Score)
  • 3 Major Credit Bureaus (Transunion, Experian, Equifax)
  • Review Each Reporting Account And How It Is Affecting Your Credit
  • Review Automated Credit Scoring Simulator To Predict Future Credit Score 
  • Create An Action Plan To Raise Your Credit Score

Visit: https://creditrepairofflorida.com/

Please mention the phrase "I AM A FATHER!" to redeem your free promotion.


Transportation Infrastructure: A game changing market for small businesses

In case you missed it, check out the full recording of "Transportation Infrastructure: A game changing market for small businesses."

Webinar Summary

Hosted by: USDOT SE Region Director Adrianna Clark

You will learn:
- How Transportation Infrastructure is a Key Driver of Opportunity
- About the Transportation Infrastructure industry and why it is important for consideration of opportunities for small, medium and large size goods and services’ companies
- About the U.S. Department of Transportation, the largest infrastructure-building agency within cabinet level federal agencies.

The United States Department of Transportation's (DOT) 10 Operating Administrations (OA) have independent procurement authority and procure approximately $6.5 billion a year in goods and services. DOT works continuously to ensure that small businesses are included in those annual procurement numbers.

The Empowerment Virtual Workshop Series

With COVID-19 keeping many of us inside and working from home, the African American Chamber of Central Florida decided to keep our workshops alive...but online. These workshops are  the perfect educational tools leading up to our Empowerment Business Conference in August!

Meet The Speakers:

(Coming soon)

 

 


Emotional Impact of Racial Violence on Workplace Productivity A Time to Listen, Learn, and Act!

In case you missed it, check out the full recording of "Emotional Impact of Racial Violence on Workplace Productivity A Time to Listen, Learn, and Act!", a panelist discussion on how racism affects People of Color, specifically black people, in the workplace.

Webinar Summary

A critical conversation about when people of color, specifically black people, experience racism. When they repeatedly experience racism, there is a profound emotional and psychological toll. This becomes a workplace issue and community issue.

The Empowerment Virtual Workshop Series

With COVID-19 keeping many of us inside and working from home, the African American Chamber of Central Florida decided to keep our workshops alive...but online. These workshops are  the perfect educational tools leading up to our Empowerment Business Conference in August!

Meet The Speakers:

(Coming soon)

 

 


AdventHealth Medical Professionals Roundtable: Central Florida's Health Disparities

In case you missed it, check out the full recording of "AdventHealth Medical Professionals Roundtable: Central Florida's Health Disparities".

Webinar Summary

We gathered a powerhouse lineup of Central Florida Doctors for a discussion on COVID-19 and Health Disparities. Hear from doctors on the front lines.

Meet The Speakers:

(Coming Soon)

 

 


CEO Roundtable with Simon T. Bailey


 
Webinar Summary

The CEO Roundtable is an annual Signature Chamber Event. This year we were joined by Simon T. Bailey, author of "Be The Spark: Five Platinum Service Principles for Creating Customers for Life" and moderated by Derek Bruce of Gunster. In today's competitive business world, there's no place for lackluster performance, half-brilliant contributions, or low-burning customer service.

When you find your SPARK you shine brilliantly against a backdrop of automation, algorithms, and autonomous cars. You realize you weren't just hired to do a job; your purpose is to surpass all expectations and create memorable moments that surprise and delight your customers. Your SPARK is what distinguishes you from the pack through exceptional PLATINUM service that keeps customers coming back-every time.

Meet The Speaker: Simon T. Bailey

 

 


African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida Awards $100,000 in Grants to Local Small Businesses

May 17, 2020 - ORLANDO, FLORIDA - After receiving $100,000 from a generous donor, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida (AACCCF) announced the opportunity for chamber members to apply to receive a grant to assist with sustaining operations during the coronavirus pandemic.

President Tanisha Nunn Gary made the announcement on April 29, 2020 during a “Coffee & Conversation” virtual meeting with members. 

“We want to support our black businesses, as many as possible, here in Central Florida...” 
- Tanisha Nunn Gary, AACCCF President

After reviewing nearly 50 applications, a committee narrowed down the applicant pool to just 12 finalists. Recipients will receive funding from $2,500 all the way up to $20,000 to help keep their business afloat during these difficult times. President Gary personally called each recipient to notify them of their grant.

“This changes…everything” 
- Ashley Caldwell of Empowerment Chiropractic, Grant Recipient

 

The Chamber is excited to officially announce the AACCCF COVID-19 Small Business Grant recipients:

  • ProRestore Services, Jeremiah Ofori
  • Empowerment Chiropractic, Ashley Caldwell
  • Teen Paradise, Carolyn Gales
  • Graham Leak Branding (GLB), Latria Graham Leak
  • Hair In Motion of New York, Lesline Powe-Barton
  • RTW Photography, Derrious Robinson
  • Sacred Heart Coach Lines, Marie and Joseph Leveque
  • Anderson & Associates, Veronica Anderson
  • Credit Repair of Florida, Timothy Sanders
  • Hold My Luggage, Constance Serrano
  • Go Go Party Bus, Javonne Williams
  • L5 Entertainment, Larry McRae

To learn more, please visit the AACCCF website: www.blackcommerce.org

Follow @AACCCFL on Instagram and like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on events and opportunities.

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ABOUT AACCCF:

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida (“the Chamber”) is a membership organization serving public, private, and not-for-profit businesses and organizations in Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. For over seven decades, the Chamber has served its members as an advocate and resource. Established in 1945, the Chamber is a members-only network devoted to cultivating a thriving business environment for small businesses including advocacy, an engaged public awareness for minority firms, and education for both members and the Central Florida community.

The Chamber’s vision is to serve as the leading advocate in the Central Florida area for Black-owned companies in Business Development, Wealth Creation, and Economic Empowerment.

MEDIA INQUIRIES: info@blackcommerce.org

 

 

 


Virtual Workshop Recap: Coronavirus & Your Mental Health: Embracing Change in Uncertain Times with Dr. Janie Lacy

{VIDEO LINK COMING SOON}

In case you missed it, check out the full recording of "Coronavirus & Your Mental Health: Embracing Change in Uncertain Times" with Dr. Janie Lacy.

Webinar Summary

How can you take care of yourself when you also are responsible for taking care of others whether clients, patients, or your own family. This webinar will give you the specific actions you need to start doing today to prepare yourself and others in navigating these "Corona Times" and how we can prepare to transition to a "new normal".

You will learn:

1) How to take care of yourself and your community

2) Learn strategies to embrace change to make it work for you

3) What to do to prepare for coming out of quarantine

The Empowerment Virtual Workshop Series

With COVID-19 keeping many of us inside and working from home, the African American Chamber of Central Florida decided to keep our workshops alive...but online. These workshops are  the perfect educational tools leading up to our Empowerment Business Conference in August!

Meet The Speaker: Dr. Janie Lacy